PRESENT YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
This is Godpromoter LAVA representing AMOK.
WHO ARE AMOK AS BAND MEMBERS?
Today AMOK consist of Necrocum (vocals), Iscariah (bass), Taipan (battery) and me (guitars/music/lyrics).
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
I founded the band together with Stanley in 2000. At that time, Stanley took care of the battery and the bass, while I did the guitars and the vocals.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
As mentioned earlier we started out as a duo. We recorded some 4-track demo-versions of a few tracks with that line-up. But since we wanted to perform the material live, we recruited Mord as a permanent drummer before the recording of AMOK’s first demo “Sadistic Attack” in 2001. We were much more conscious about which genre(s) AMOK should belong to in the beginning, but we still have some of the same atmospheres to the music today. Although we have expanded our musical frames, the reach for the ultimate darkness has always been the main goal.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
As the trio mentioned above we recorded two demos, “Sadistic Attack” (2001) and “LAVA Dictatorship” (2002). In 2003 the line-up changed. Both Stanley and Mord left the band and I recruited Necrocum and Iscariah. We decided to program the drums instead of searching for a new drummer. To present the new line-up the 2003 promo “Effective Mass-Torture” was released. The same year “LAVA Dictatorship” was re-released through Witchhammer Production as a split MC with Audiopain. Perverted Taste re-released “Sadistic Attack” (including the bonus outro “Ranch Apocalypse”) as a spilt 10”EP with Taake in 2004.
AMOK also participated on the VON tribute, “A Norwegian Hail To VON” double 7”EP, released via Holycaust Records in 2006. Later that year the debut album, “Necrospiritual Deathcore”, was released under the mark of Planet Satan Revolution. Stanley rejoined AMOK for the recording of this album as a drummer.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
We are working on the vinyl version of “Necrospiritual Deathcore”, which has been licensed from P.S.R. to Nuclear War Now. The LP will be released in 1000 copies, and the first 300 will include a bonus 10"EP. This EP will include two exclusive tracks: "Chapel of Embalmment" and "Silent Worship". The tracks are almost finished recorded. This is the first recording with our new drummer Taipan. The bonus tracks will be exclusive for this release.
New artwork will also be designed for the LP. Agonia Records will release a split 10"EP with Iperyt this year. AMOK's side will be the 2003 promo “Effective Mass-Torture”, including the bonus outro "Ritual Suicide". We are now planning “The Thomas Quick EP”, with 4 new tracks. After that we will concentrate on the second album, “Cumming In The Massgrave”. The album will be heavily inspired by blood libels. This time the Devil will be called from a Vessel of Blood.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
The most important happening will be the coming catharsis. After the flesh of the Goat has been removed and the blood has been drained, the flesh of God will be renewed.
ANY INTRODUCTIVE WORDS TO "NECROSPIRITUAL DEATHCORE"?
“Necrospiritual Deahcore” contains a variation within musical genres such as: death metal, thrash, black metal, doom, industry and drone metal. The album contains guest appearances by Kybermensch (Tri-Function Million), Taipan (Orcustus), Hoest (Taake) and Malfeitor Fabban/Nysrok Infernalien (Aborym). “Necrospiritual Deahcore” has been released via Planet Satan Revolution - www.planetsatanrevolution.com.
THE SOUND IS ICONOCLASTIC AND WITHOUT MERCY...
Thank you, I feel that the production suits the music and atmosphere on the album.
THREE OR FOUR WORDS TO IDENTIFIY YOUR SOUND?
The Vatican versus Auschwitz.
THE BEST ISSUES OF YORU SOUND?
I think that AMOK’s sound differs quite a lot from the standard Black/Death Metal productions of today. The sound both justifies the music and adds new dimensions to it. Old school yet original, primitive yet transcending.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
The concept behind “Necrospiritual Deahcore” is religious fanaticism. The main lyrical topics on the album are: black masses, rituals, exorcism, holy war, flagellation, doomsday prophecies and mass-suicide. The three last tracks have their own concept. “Goatflesh Removal (Corpus Christi)” is twelve points that describe the logic behind a cult, and the mental doctrine in a cult. “Goatflesh Removal (Memento Mori)” is eight points that describe the logic and driving force behind a collective suicide. “Goatflesh Removal (Gloria In Excelsis Deo)” unveils the final ritual.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
It is difficult for me to say. In my opinion most of the tracks differ much from each other. But a general mood on “Necrospiritual Deahcore” must be the presence of the Goat. The first chapter of the Divine Spiral has been closed.
THE MOST SALIENTS ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
I look upon the tracks on “Necrospiritual Deahcore” as a unity. But if I have to mention something, it must be the “Goatflesh Removal” trinity.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
We have either received very good or very bad reviews. I think it is a positive aspect, because mediocre reviews are the most meaningless. They touch no one. A good thing is that each reviewer seems to have his/her own favourite track, which differs from the others.
But I do not care much about reviews in general. That goes for both my own releases and any new band/album I want to check out myself.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
For me the creation of both music and lyrics is a form of meditation. Recording an album finishes that certain level. The experiences and knowledge that has been collected is then brought further on to the next level. Each of AMOK’s releases are self-seeking manoeuvres. What’s left for the listener to obtain beside the propaganda is up to them.
We have no plans for performing live, but I am not saying that things cannot change in the distant future.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
That is a private issue. I guess people can get a hint of it via AMOK.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
This question has been answered via question 6 and 7.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
”His blood shall be on us and on our children" [Matt. 27:25]